Gauteng motorists who took advantage of the e-toll dispensation plan paid an average of R1,100 each so far, anti-tolling group Outa said on Wednesday.
In a Parliamentary report on the uptake of the dispensation plan, it was revealed that a total of R145 million was paid by 130,000 motorists – averaging R1,115 per motorist.
“Less than 2.5% of the ring-fenced R5.9 billion debt has been raised, despite a substantial coercive marketing campaign which Sanral had no doubt hoped would produce a sizable change in fortune,” Outa said.
According to Sanral, the discount uptake is still being counted, but Outa estimates that the final total will be below R400 million – less than 7% of the ring-fenced debt.
Outstanding e-toll debt has risen even further since September 2015, and is now sitting around R8 billion – and climbing.
With compliance levels in paying e-tolls staying at well below 30%, Outa says Sanral’s e-toll debt problem is “insurmountable”.
“The mind boggles as to how Sanral intends to issue summonses to an excess of 2,5 million motorists who have never paid a single e-toll bill,” the group said.
Outa said it is ready to take on summonses in court on behalf of its members, saying that Sanral has a lot to answer for.
“Not only on their conduct surrounding the decision to toll Gauteng’s freeway upgrade, but also on numerous technical and procedural matters pertaining to the scheme’s practical application,” it said.